Tycoon Evie targeting Group 1 Queensland Oaks after Eagle Farm win

Exciting filly Tycoon Evie showed she has the X-factor and promise to be a serious Queensland winter carnival player as she defied her trainer’s expectations to produce a dazzling Eagle Farm win on Saturday.

Toowoomba trainer Rex Lipp was certain his filly would be vulnerable over the 1200m dash of the 3YO Quality Handicap having not raced for six weeks and without the benefit of a trial or jumpout.

With long-range dreams of the Group 1 Queensland Oaks in the back of his mind, Lipp would have been happy just to see Tycoon Evie running on late.

But with speed on to suit, Tycoon Evie steamed home from last to produce a 1¾ length win which confirmed Lipp’s high rating of her.

Trainer Rex Lipp was delighted withh Tycoon Evie’s performance. Picture: Kevin FarmerSource:News Regional Media

Tycoon Evie has a sprinter’s pedigree, being a full sister to Winning Rupert, but Lipp believes she is cut from a different cloth.

The Listed Princess Stakes in three weeks is next on her agenda, followed by the Gold Coast Bracelet and then on to the Group 1 Queensland Oaks, which Lipp won in 2014 with Tinto.

“She was only about 75 per cent wound up today. I thought she was vulnerable but they put it on a plate for us a bit,” Lipp said.

“It was a pretty good field coming into our Queensland winter carnival and she won pretty well.”

While Tycoon Evie made it three wins in a row, well-backed favourite Gotta Kiss was gone a long way out and finished last, beaten over 10 lengths.

Chief steward Daniel Aurisch reported Gotta Kiss had a couple of coughs post-race, while co-trainer Steve O’Dea said his vets would go over the filly with a fine-tooth comb.

It was a big day for Lipp with eight-year-old stable stalwart In His Stride producing a shock win at $31 in the BM90 Handicap (1400m).

In His Stride was set to be retired after Saturday but Lipp may reconsider after the grand galloper’s eighth win from 84 starts.

Secret’s out of the bag

Secret Tales showed her record 18-length romp seven days earlier was no flash in the pan as the talented filly backed it up with a city win at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

However co-trainers Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted have no temptation to have a crack at any portion of the Queensland winter carnival with the two-year-old.

It was a close-run thing whether Secret Tales was going to be spelled after she made a mockery of her opposition to win her maiden on the Gold Coast on March 27, blazing away on a Heavy 10 to score the greatest winning margin in Gold Coast racing history.

O’Dea thought she might have something left in the tank, and so did punters who confidently backed her from $3-$2.30 in the QTIS 2YO Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm.

Secret Tales backed up her big win on the Gold Coast with another at Eagle Farm. Picture: Trackside PhotographySource:The Courier-Mail

It was a step up in class for the filly who was also making the transition from smashing her rivals on a waterlogged track to racing on a Good 4 surface at Eagle Farm.

But there were no worries for the filly, winning by a length-and-a-quarter.

She will now go for a spell and return later in the year.

“We were thinking about tipping her out. Initially I didn’t think I would want to back her up today,” O’Dea said.

“She found some room not long after straightening and wound up on the inside. She is probably going to be even better suited in a really truly-run race.

“She has a lovely big stride and it was good to see her win coming from the wet track to the firmer track.

“I had never probably considered her a carnival horse so we are probably better off now aiming at the off-season in that August-September-October time and try to pick up some QTIS money.’’

Fast money misses out

A betting plunge on a new addition to the Rob Heathcote stable narrowly missed when ex-Pat Webster-trained East Asia finished second in the BM72 Handicap (1200m).

Tab.com.au had bet $8 on East Asia when markets went up, but she was crunched into $3.90 and started a $3 equal favourite.

Jockey Luke Dittman reported post-race the mare wants further than 1200m.

Heathcote had some later joy when Alpendurada won the Class 3 Plate in dominant fashion and gave jockey Michael Rodd a winning double.

Originally published asTycoon Evie’s dazzling win stuns Lipp

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